Importance of a Healthy Heart

A healthy heart makes all the difference in the world when it comes to fighting obesity. It is important to know that a person who is overweight has more of a risk of developing coronary heart disease.

 

What is coronary heart disease?

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, coronary heart disease or coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in America. Coronary artery disease happens when the arteries that supply blood to the heart harden and narrow due to plaque buildup. This limits the amount of blood flow to the heart and weakens it.

How to keep “heart healthy”

Diet and proper exercise is the best way to keep the heart pumping regularly and pushes the plague out. A heart-healthy diet includes consuming for vegetables, fruits, lean meats, fish, whole grains while also limiting the amount of salt, saturated and trans fat, sugar and alcohol you take. Cutting out fast food is a must if trying to become more heart healthy.

 Poor diet and lack of exercise permit the buildup of plaque in major arteries that can lead to a stroke or heart disease if continued. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, other factors that influence heart disease include:

-High cholesterol

-High blood pressure

-Diabetes

-Smoking

-Stress

-Family history

If left unchecked:

If a person were to maintain an unhealthy lifestyle and contract coronary heart disease they risk experiencing a heart attack or heart failure. Symptoms of heart attacks include long-lasting chest pain, pain in neck, jaw, and arms, and shortness of breath. A heart attack can be fatal if not treated immediately. Seek medical attention immediately if you believe you’re experiencing a heart attack, if not sure have it checked out anyway.

Don’t just make a change to look good, make a change so you can be a healthier you! 

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